6,400 of­fi­cials pun­ished for mis­be­hav­ior

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

At least 6,400 govern­ment of­fi­cials have been pun­ished af­ter their mis­be­hav­ior was ex­posed by in­spec­tors from China’s top anti-graft watch­dog.

The of­fi­cials, from six prov­inces, two min­istries and a State-owned en­ter­prise, com­mit­ted vi­o­la­tions of dis­ci­pline and law, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion.

The pun­ish­ment is a res­o­lute re­sponse to the prob­lems dis­cov­ered by the in­spec­tors dis­patched by the coun­try’s top anti-graft agency. In Oc­to­ber, the CCDI sent 10 teams to the prov­inces, min­istries, SOE and Xin­hua News Agency to col­lect in­for­ma­tion on cor­rup­tion.

Dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties of Hu­nan prov­ince have pun­ished 3,040 of­fi­cials in the anti­graft cam­paign — the most among the 10 places that were in­spected.

Among them, 466 of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing 18 at the pre­fec­ture level and 139 at the county level, were found to be re­spon­si­ble for an elec­tion scan­dal that trig­gered pub­lic ou­trage last year. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that 56 provin­cial leg­is­la­tors of­fered 110 mil­lion yuan ($17.6 mil­lion) in bribes to 518 law­mak­ers and an­other 68 staff mem­bers in Hengyang, Hu­nan prov­ince.

A to­tal of 2,347 of­fi­cials were pun­ished in Jilin prov­ince af­ter the ar­rival of the in­spec­tors, ac­cord­ing to the CCDI state­ment.

The most com­mon prob­lems found by the in­spec­tors were re­lated to the nom­i­na­tion and pro­mo­tion of of­fi­cials.

For ex­am­ple, Party and govern­ment of­fi­cials in Jilin prov­ince nom­i­nated 23 deputy sec­re­taries-gen­eral to posts that weren’t nec­es­sary. All of them have since been trans­ferred to other posts in line with reg­u­la­tions, said the CCDI.

To pre­vent govern­ment of­fi­cials from tak­ing bribes through fam­ily mem­bers, the Min­istry of Land and Re­sources has reg­is­tered in­for­ma­tion on of­fi­cials’ spouses and chil­dren, in­clud­ing their jobs.

The in­spected places have also been warned not to vi­o­late the “eight-point” fru­gal­ity rules. In De­cem­ber 2012, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee put for­ward the fru­gal­ity guide­lines, which re­quire govern­ment of­fi­cials to get close to the people by clean­ing up un­de­sir­able work styles such as ex­trav­a­gance and ex­ces­sive bu­reau­cracy.

Xin­hua said that it has cut its budget for hold­ing con­fer­ences by 42.8 per­cent this year in an ef­fort to boost fru­gal­ity, and the Min­istry of Com­merce has re­duced the num­ber of over­seas trips by of­fi­cials this year to save money, ac­cord­ing to the CCDI.

Last year, 30,420 of­fi­cials were pun­ished by dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties for vi­o­lat­ing the fru­gal­ity cam­paign.

The in­spec­tors have pub­li­cized their phone num­bers, and the pub­lic can send tips di­rectly to the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties.

Jiang Ming’an, a law pro­fes­sor at Pek­ing Univer­sity, said that in­spec­tions are an ef­fec­tive method to fight cor­rup­tion.

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